The Greek hero Achilles decides to participate in the war between the Greeks and the people of Troy, hoping to reach glory even if the price will be his life. Through this decision, his mother Thetis tries to persuade him to remain, marry and bear children, because his name will remain immortal for generations through his sons and grandchildren, but this type of immortality was not occupied by Achilles, and he accepted nothing but immortality that pushed his life for him. In the same footsteps, many march in search of glory, but the majority deceive and fall prey to frustration and despair, and corruption and emptiness prevail among them.
Few were able to embrace glory at the end of the dark path, after a long struggle and suffering and after paying a heavy price, perhaps their lives, here we will talk about a true story of an Egyptian girl, Sarah Hegazy, an Egyptian version of the American gay rights defender, Harvey Milk, who fought from In order to recognize gay rights in America during the 1960s.
The Egyptian girl, who grew up in a religious family of the middle class and lived in an internal conflict between her homosexual tendencies and her religious faith before she announced her tendencies to raise gay science in public singing in front of thousands of attendees, which caused a shock within the conservative Egyptian society and sparked a wave of media controversy .
The Egyptian authorities arrested her on charges of promoting homosexuality, behavioral deviation, and opposing social values. After months of detention, during which she was subjected to torture and sexual assault, she was released and managed to escape to Canada, where she suffered from loneliness, alienation, depression, and pressure after trauma for years. Until I decided to commit suicide in mid-June, to spark another wave of social and religious controversy in Egypt.
the quite opposite of echillis , sara did not seek to reach my friend's glory, but she got it after she struck hard the wall consisting of religion and social customs, the wall that had broken and destroyed many hopes for freedom, equality and justice over the centuries.
It is the wall that she has avoided hitting for years, during which she suffers from self-hate and feelings of guilt only for being gay.
What makes Sarah Hegazy an exceptional person in our modern history is the cracks that I made in this wall where light of awareness of homosexual issues leaked through these cracks.
Sarah Hegazy did not seek glory, but she touched him on her way to defend her right to a life without discrimination or stigmatization due to her homosexual tendencies. Today there are millions in Egypt convinced that homosexuality is not a choice.
In the end, Sarah leaves, leaving that short message in which she expresses her feelings of despair and pain, but also tolerance for all that she suffered from because she was someone with different tendencies.
"To my siblings,
I have tried to find salvation and I failed; forgive me.
To my friends, he journey was cruel and I am too weak to resist; forgive me.
To the world, You were horrifically cruel;
but I forgive."
I am writing this article for the sake of lamenting my friend Sarah, and also to tell every person who has suffered from being in a minority what is loved, appreciated, and herd and not alone.
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